He wrote letters to say a final farewell to his parents. He filled out a final will and testament.
Curtis McCarty had just helped a friend pack his meager belongings and walked him out to be executed. All the friends the Oklahoma man had made while serving more than a decade on death row had been put to death.
His attorneys had stalled his execution for 19 years by appealing various aspects of the trial and sentencing. With each appeal, McCarty saw the pain inflicted upon his parents. He also saw the anguish in the eyes of the parents of his supposed victim.